Yarn Ends Jewelry

maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-33How about one more fast diy for Mother’s Day?
Having made quite the collection of yarn ends objects already (more here), I thought it would be interesting to experiment a bit further with my trusted paste and colorful ends, and make something different.
I loved how my experiment turned out, hence my sharing this quick little project with you here.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-20

First you make the paste that will glue all your yarn ends into the desired shape (tutorial in English here, in Dutch here). As soon as this is cooled off, get out your baking sheet, baking paper, cookie cutters and yarn ends.
Cutters that do not have too many corners and angles work best – the hearts were a good choice.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-18                          maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-30          maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-28

Make sure all yarn ends are “pasted” well, put a not too thick layer into the cookie cutter, verify that it’s totally filled. Carefully remove the cookie cutter – if necessary, this is the time to make little adjustments to your brooch-to-be. Also, if you want to make a necklace, you’ll want to punch a little hole into your yarn ends heart now.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-34Let everything dry overnight/24 hrs. Remove carefully from the baking paper, glue the brooch pin back to the back of your yarn ends brooch (I used my glue gun).maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-15maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-17 maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-14I’ve varnished my first batch of brooches, using an acrylic varnish  (the kind painters use). It worked really well, but it took days before the distinct varnish-smell was gone….. So, for my second batch I simply used nail polish, and that work perfect too – and way less of a nasty smell;)
I even found old&inexpensive nail polish that had some glitter: did the job as well!maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-23maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-22Happy crafting!
Marianne xx

PS: a nice way to gift your lovely brooches: my other Mother’s Day diy, the treasure boxes :)

Cute little pin board

maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-06Right around the time I blogged about my goal to finish all my wip’s before starting something new (more here), I made this little pin board from a simple Ikea coaster/trivet and thought I’d quickly show you how I made it.
maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-01I cut a piece of fabric, big enough to go around the cork coaster, stretched it nicely around it and simply glued it to the back of the coaster.
maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-10maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-09Then the fun part of crocheting a trim to go around the coaster/pin board began (for inspiration you could go here).
maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-07What I did was crochet a chain that was long enough to go around the coaster (plus some extra for the little loop to hang it). You then chain 1, turn, and single crochet (US terms – link to US/UK-term sheet here) all the way back with green.
Next you’ll attach (right side facing) the yarn for your row of bobbles/flowers (bright pink in my case) *sc, slip stitch into the next sc, crochet a bobble in that very same stitch that you slip stitched in (yarn over, pull up a loop – three loops on your hook now, repeat 3 times, 9 loops on your hook now, pull yarn through 9 loops, close bobble with a slip stitch), slip stitch in the next sc and repeat from * until you’ve reached the end of your sc-base.
maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-04 maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-05I then glued the flowery trim all around the edge of the cork coaster.To make the back look nice as well, I cut out a circle from some cute matching paper and glued it onto the back of the coaster/pin board: tadah! All set to pin some happy memorabilia!
maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-03maRRose - CCC --- Pin Board-02Going through last week’s photos I noticed it had been a week of circles, crochet wise that is. I made two mandalas, one in honor of Marinke/Wink and sent it off to wonderful Kathryn, who’s organizing a remembrance project for Marinke (read how you can participate here). Crocheting the “I love Holland”-mandala designed by Wink herself seemed appropriate (link to paid pattern here).maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas for Marinke-01

The second mandala I crocheted last week was “Mandy’s Mandala” and so enjoyed making this one as well! It’s a free pattern and you’ll find the excellent tutorial on Mandy’s beautiful blog (link here).maRRose - CCC --- Mandy's Mandala-02

And then last but not least my sweet friend Heike received the little photo frame I made for her as a memento of the happy days spent during her recent visit to Amsterdam.
The – also free – pattern for this frame can be found on Martine’s inspiring blog (link here).
maRRose - CCC --- Photo frame-02maRRose - CCC --- Photo frame-01maRRose - CCC --- Photo frame-03Happy making!

Marianne xx

Valentine’s Day

maRRose - CCC: Valentine's JarsLiving in the USA for almost 8 years has been a wonderful experience. One of the things that I had no problem with to adept to al all, was the joy and exuberance with which holidays are being celebrated over there.

To me this meant having a zest for life, wanting to emphasize the positive, seize the day, celebrate whenever you can and I liked that.
Coming from a country where the most common saying is “doe maar gewoon, dan doe je al gek genoeg” (in short: “act normal”, explained in more detail: here), oh, yes, I liked the US-approach, a LOT!

So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I couldn’t wait to start making some cute little presents – a variation on what I did last Christmas – and I thought I’d share this project here.

maRRose - CCC: Valentine's Jars

Valentine’s Jars – a diy:
Things you’ll need:
* empty jars with lids
* yarn
* crochet hook
* darning needle
* (excellent) glue
* beads

First you’ll want to crochet the cover for the lid(s) – in US terms:

Chain 2, in 2nd chain: 6 sc, close round with slip stitch;
Chain 3, this being your first dc; 2 dc in every sc from previous round, total stitches in this round: 12 – close with sl st in top chain of initial 3-chain that started this round;
Chain 3 (= first dc), *2 dc, 1 dc – repeat all around, total stitch count in this round: 18 dc’s;
maRRose - CCC: Valentine's JarsThis is the moment to see whether your crochet already fits the jar lid – you’ll want to crochet right up to the ridge of the lid. For some lids I crocheted another round in sc’s, for others one more round in dc’s was needed. If you need a fourth round, you’ll want to crochet this one as follows: chain 1 (for a round in sc’s, or 3 for a round in dc’s) *2 sc’s or dc’s, 1 sc/dc, 1 sc/dc, total stitches: 24.
As soon as the top circle fits the jar lid, you’re ready to crochet the side, by crocheting in the back loops only (thus creating a ridge) and by not increasing any more stitches. Depending on your jar lid, crochet 1 or 2 rounds in sc’s.
maRRose - CCC: Valentine's Jars

With an excellent glue (I used Pritt Power), you put glue on your jar lid (including the side), and very carefully glue your crocheted cover onto the lid, firmly pressing as soon as you’re satisfied with the position of the cover on the lid.

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Now the real fun begins: prettifying your cover!
For this particular occasion, I’ve crocheted tiny, tiny hearts and simply glued them on my covers (and added some beads on some, just glued these on too).
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Tiny Hearts – pattern:
Chain 3, in 1st chain crochet: 2 dc’s, 2 hdc’s, 1 dc, 2 hdc’s, 2 dc’s, 2 chains, slip stitch in very 1st chain, darn in ends: ta-dah!
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For a crafty friend you could fill your lovely Valentine’s Jar with buttons, spools, needles etc – how about a crafter’s “first aid kit” or some nail polish and make-up: possibilities are endless …..
I plan on baking some heart shaped cookies and fill mine with these!
maRRose - CCC: Valentine's Jars

Happy Making!

My Creative 2014

maRRose - CCC: my creative year 2014

First and foremost I’d like to wish you all a wonderful 2015, filled with love, friendship, good health, fun, laughter and of course ….. lots of creativity!

Although the new year is already well on its way, I could not resist looking back on my creative journey during 2014 and share it with you here.I knew I was a busy bee last year, but quite honestly I’m surprised myself to see the many projects I managed to start and most of them to even get finished.

You might want to grab a cup of tea of coffee (or glass of wine?) before you continue reading this post – it’s going to be a lengthy one ….

*** January ***

maRRose - CCC: photo collage January 2014My most popular January project was the yarn ends bowl! Not only did I enjoy making this tremendously – it’s one of the most clicked on tutorials on my blog, bringing joy to a lot of people. I so like that …..
maRRose-CCC, yarn ends bowl
*** February ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage February 2014This was not the month of a whole lot of finished projects …. And what’s more, one of them shown here is still not finished – my Crochet Mood Blanket. I’m determined to pick this one up very soon though and make it an ex-wip fast!
I guess my most loved make of this month is the thread rack: I’m still enjoying it on a daily basis!
maRRose - Colorful Crochet & Crafts, thread rack
*** March ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage March 2014Unlike February, March was the month of getting things done, not just some small things like the little key chain owl, but with a big sigh of relief I finally completed the pixelated cushion, as well as my hexagon blanket. At this point in time I was also still up to date with my Crochet Mood Blanket ….
The pixelated cushion wins the popularity poll this month.
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion
*** April ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage April 2014No matter how much I loved making Shelley’s glorious pincushion, finishing the sunburst granny square cushion (using the continuous-join-as-you-go method for the very first, but definitely not the last time), crocheting the gazillion flowers for the flowery tea cosy was most certainly the thing I most loved doing in April!
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*** May ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage May 2014May was the month that marked the beginning of my infatuation with the South Bay Shawl. That very month I managed to crochet three of them (in total I made 8 this year …..). The one with the pink pom poms is most certainly my favorite ……
maRRose - CCC: South Bay Shawls
** June ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage June 2014In June I finished three more shawls, and I gave them all a contrasting border in black – adding pink pom poms to one of them. The first two were South Bay Shawls, the third one a Florence. During this month I continued to make squares for my Crochet Mood Blanket, made more squares for a new project – the Bétaille Blanket – and almost, almost finally wrapped-up my Homely Blanket.
maRRose - CCC: "Florence" Shawl
*** July ***
maRRose - CCC: the month of July (2014)Being on vacation most of the time, July was not an overly productive month. To keep me busy during the long drive to and from the place we were vacationing, I started a rectangular South Bay Shawl. Loved the “Alize”-yarn used in this shawl.
maRRose - CCC: Rectangular South Bay Shawl
*** August ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, August 2014As the banner in this August collage says: this was a very happy month! Not just because of the fun bracelet tutorial and giveaway, BUT: I finished my Homely Blanket! Such a very happy feeling indeed!maRRose - CCC: The Homely Blanket
*** September ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, September 2014
September brought more happiness ….. lots of things got finished. Firstly the Chevron Blanket for my sweet daughter, then the “I love Holland”-cushion for our Dutch/Canadian niece, plus three more shawls. Last but not least I played with my yarn ends again!
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushion
*** October ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, October 2014This month was all about blankets – again. I completed my Boho Granny Blanket, as well as the Chevron Baby Blanket and published my very first granny square design (tutorial here).
maRRose - CCC: Boho Granny Blanket
*** November ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, November 2014
Another busy month, and exciting too: I finally followed a sock knitting workshop and started my first pair of socks – ever! Something I had longed for and both dreaded for a long time. I also got to review my dear blogging and ig-friend Shelley’s first crochet book, crocheted my second Astrid doll – Emília – and came up with a fun little design: the crochet gifts/presents (tutorial here).
maRRose - CCC: crocheted presents/gifts
*** December ***

maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, December 2014
After a late start, I managed to hand make the bigger part of my Christmas presents and truly enjoyed that. One of my 2015 resolutions is to plan and start real early on Xmas gifts ……Favorite make however are my socks – I was, and still am, so ridiculously proud of this first pair! Fun too, was following my own tutorial and making a triangle pincushion for a dear friend in Australia.maRRose - CCC: knitting socksPhew …… are you still there? Quite the expedition, wasn’t it?
One of the things that has made this creative journey so much more enjoyable for me, was YOU being here and traveling with me.
Always encouraging and inspiring me, writing lovely and sweet comments: thank you so very much for that!
Here’s to a brand new creative year!

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC: Treasury Tuesday, ChristmasA little more than one week before Christmas is upon us ……

Trying not to add to the Xmas stress by putting together yet another Treasury Tuesday containing lovely things that have to be made first, I decided to mix things up a bit. So this week you’ll find only a few “to do” items on the list, but mainly “ready-made”/”ready to buy” things, and I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.

These two have gone on my list for Santa ……
maRRose - CCC: Treasury Tuesday, Christmas maRRose - CCC: Treasury Tuesday, Christmas Wishing you a happy week!

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC: Treasury Tuesday, Christmas CrochetSinterklaas has left The Netherlands and has handed over the holiday baton to his buddy Santa Claus.
It seems like people are quickly making the transition from the Sinterklaas celebrations to Noel and are going all out “decking the halls”.
Christmas spirits are on high in Casa Dekkers as well and I’m busy decorating our home for this festive season – something I love to do!

Thus, there was no way this Treasury Tuesday was NOT going to have a x-mas theme – again.
I’m a believer …… and I believe you’ll be as smitten with this 3rd list of adorable, lovely Christmas makes as I am. This week’s list is once more all about patterns – with 15 days left till Christmas there should be enough time for us to hook up some of these fun presents for our loved ones!

My favorites this week:
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Enjoy and happy crocheting!


Fabric Labels

maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diyAdding your own label to the things you create gives a nice personal and even somewhat professional touch.
When I first started crocheting again – in 2010 – I ordered mine online.
You’ll find a wealth of companies offering personalized labels just by browsing the internet, but they’re often quite expensive and sometimes lack quality.

Therefore, you can imagine I was very happy when I stumbled upon several good tutorials on how to make your own labels (I really liked this one on Marieke’s wonderful blog – so worth a visit – many more great tutorials).

Since then I’ve always made my own. Quite a few (ig-)people have asked for the how-to, so how about I show you the way I create my “maRRose”-labels?

Things you’ll need:
* computer and printer
* T-shirt transfer paper
* papercutter (if not, pair of scissors will do too)
* ribbon or any kind of fabric (biaisband in Dutch)
* baking paper
* iron and ironing board
* pair of sciccors

First you have to design your label. You can get as wild and creative as you want  – however I simply used MSWord and it worked fine.
I created a document, opted for the “three columns” page lay-out, played with some fonts and sizes, inserted my rose-heart picture and once I was content with how my “maRRose”-label looked, I copied and pasted this one image until my page was full of labels-to-be.
maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diyAs you can see, I tried a couple of different fonts, just for fun.
At this point I suggest you print your (saved) label-document to some plain paper first, to make sure you like what you’ve done and to check whether your label is not too wide for the ribbon you’ve chosen.

The next step is to insert a sheet of transfer paper into your printer; make sure to set your printing options correctly. In my case I adjusted the properties of my printer from “normal” to “best” and – this is really important – I ticked the box “mirror image”.
maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diymaRRose - CCC: fabric labels diyAfter printing your transfer paper should look like this (see above).
Cut your labels horizontally – just like this (see below).
maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diyNow get the ironing board out and set your iron to the heat as per the instructions of the transfer paper package (cotton/cotton+, no steam).
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Then layer: ribbon, your strip of cut out labels of 3 (paper side up) and a doubled folded piece of baking paper on top. Start ironing, carefully pressing not “swiping”.
Let the ribbon cool and then carefully, very carefully peel off the paper backing and ta-dah, time to admire your very own fabric labels!
maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diymaRRose - CCC: fabric labels diy maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diyCut them to the size you want, fold in sides and start putting this fun touch onto your made-with-love-projects.
Just a note: I wash my labels first (in a small laundry bag, gentle cycle) before sewing them in or onto my projects and am pleased they wash really well.
maRRose - CCC: fabric labels diyHappy label-making!

Friendship Bracelets

maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsOver the last couple of months I’ve seen people make some very pretty bracelets (for instance here, here/here or here, here and here). While working on my Homely Blanket and the Bétaille Throw, I could do with a fun little side project and tried my hand at making some pretty bracelets too.
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maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsmaRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsVia the beautiful Instagram-feed of Kikalite, I found a great tutorial done by ChiWei from the One Dog Woof-blog (link here), but I quickly came to the conclusion that working with thread was too fiddly for me. Thus I switched to my trusted Katia-cotton and adapted the “One Dog Woof”-tutorial, so it would work for the 3,5 mm hook (and me…)!
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsJust in case you’re not the fiddly-crochet kind of person either, here’s how I made my cotton wrist bands:

Things you’ll need:
* any kind of yarn (great scrap project/stash buster) + crochet hook (size as suggested on yarn-label). I used “Katia Capri”, a 100% mercerized cotton, hooksize 3,5 (US: E/4, UK/Canada: 9)
* beads (I used 11 per bracelet)
* darning needle, pair of siccors
maRRose - CCC: friendship bracelets

Thread the beads onto your yarn, push them toward the skein of yarn;
Chain 50 + 1 (= turning chain), turn;
Double crochet (US: sc) 25 + 1 turning chain, turn your work;
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsDouble crochet 2, * slide 1st bead close to where you are going to make the next db, thus crocheting the bead “onto” your bracelet;
Double crochet 1, repeat from * 10 times;
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsEnd with a db in the last two stitches, 1 chain (turning chain), turn your work and db the 25 stitches of the beaded part of your bracelet, slipstitch in the last chain, fasten off, leaving a long tail;
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsAttach yarn on the other side of the bracelet, chain 25, fasten off, leaving a long tail
Make 2 or 3 knots at both end sides of the bracelets, as close to the chains as possible;
sew in other end(s) (back stitching, making sure they’re secured tightly).
Ta-dah! Your friendship bracelet is done!
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maRRose - CCC: friendship bracelets

maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsEven the very simple ones look really cute, I think …..
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsLet friendship rule!

Pixelated cushion – finished!

maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushionIt’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post…..
One of the reasons for that was our ski vacation in the Swiss Alps; it was wónderful, but had a kind of nasty end. On day five of this fun and snow filled week, our 17-year-old daughter had a ski accident and injured her knee badly. She’s been on crutches ever since and is scheduled to have surgery on March 19th ……
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So, last week was a busy one, filled with doctors’ appointments, driving the patient back and forth to school, guitar lessons etc.
This week looks a bit “lighter”, actually in a very literal way too, since we’re enjoying fantastic springlike weather here. And after all the rain and greyness, we were very ready for a treat like this.

In the meantime, I have been crocheting, working on my  Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 (more about that in another post), but mainly focussing on the pixelated cushion cover (I already wrote about that here) and yes, yes, I’ve – finally – finished it yesterday.
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushionTo tell you the truth I almost fell out of love with this project ….. Só many tiny squares to crochet. You wouldn’t say, but there are 289 one of them!!! Luckily towards the end quite the opposite happened.

Totally IN love all over again! And the funny thing is: (once again) this cushion in no way fits the decor of our home but I still love how it turned out: it makes me vèry happy to just look at it …… I’m especially thrilled with the border and the way the pompoms put on the perfect finishing touch.
Can you tell I’m chuffed to pieces with it ;)?
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I’ve written a little “diy”, that you’ll find here, or under “tutorials/DIY” at the top of this page, so you can have a go at this too.
And although I promised myself to never do a project like this, my head is already buzzing with ideas …… You see, the possibilities are endless ….. you can convert ány counted cross stitch pattern into crochet, and I have to admit I’ve already pinned a few to my pinterest board …..

Yay for creative inspiration!

X-mas garland

x-mas garlandThis garland was a quick and joyful project. Using Attic24’s pattern for the holly leaves, Sandra’s (Cherry Heart) tutorial for the cute stars and adding these lovely little hearts (pattern here) to show I really, really  l o v e  Christmas you can do this too, and be done right before your Christmas 2013 celebrations start!

x-mas garland